In his year-end wrapup Southern soul blogger Daddy B. Nice said in part:
--The Zydeco sound was contagious, with artists from T. K. Soul to Kenne' Wayne to Ms. Jody endeavoring to incorporate it into their music. All of the attempts paled next to the mesmerizing rhythms of the real thing in the hands of veterans Keith Frank ("Cassanova," "Haterz") and Rosie Ledet ("When I'm Gone"), whenever Southern Soul deejays deigned to insert their masterful work into their playlists.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 05:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
Zydeco acts are always coming through the W. DC area and somehow I always miss CJ Chenier. Missed him again last night at Hill Country BBque. I like his albums. I think some zydeco dance fanatics are less crazy about him, as he does not always just stick to that zydeco beat
― curmudgeon, Friday, 16 March 2012 13:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Minneapolis seems to have fallen out of favor for touring zydeco bands, so I haven't seen him for quite a few years now. Always prefer his concerts and albums to Buckwheat. I think he's a better, more soulful singer than many of those guys.
― On the sidelines in a trash can grumping (Dan Peterson), Friday, 16 March 2012 14:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
Curley Taylor, Leroy Thomas, Rosie Ledet, Dennis Stroughmatt, Steve Riley, and others are always coming through the Washington DC/Baltimore area.
I wish obscure Houston and Louisiana zydeco bands that rarely tour would come through.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 16 March 2012 14:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
The same bands tour up and down the East Coast. Here's a June 2012 Connecticut fest schedule. But no obscure Houston bands I don't think.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 15:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
Saw Cajuns Goldman Thibodeaux, Hadlee Castille and Steve Riley at Jazzfest in New Orleans, among others.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
Missed new and upcoming zydeco artist Ruben Moreno appearing in Maryland last weekend
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
"New" means he has only been leading a band and touring the East coast recently, but this 22-year-old has been in bands since he was 13
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
lots of zydeco in Texas
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
Extended video version of zydeco-r'n'b dance song "Do It With Your Boots On" by Cupid
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 May 2012 02:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
there's a cajun music thread and i never posted this????
― Never translate Dutch (jaymc), Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 June 2012 18:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
New York City's zydeco scene is in trouble
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 June 2012 01:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
Pine Leaf Boys are probably the first Cajun band to tour in these countries
June 13-18 Kyrgyzstan U.S. State Department TourJune 19-24 Tajikistan U.S. State Department TourJune 25-July 2 Uzbekistan U.S. State Department Tour
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 04:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
The Savoy family (maybe with Wilson Savoy from the Pine Leaf Boys) were just in the UK, France and Belgium.
x-post re the future of zydeco gigs in the Northeast USA:Read nice writeup of recent New Jersey and Connecticut festivals with zydeco bands. The zydeco fanatics are making it out to the festivals if not to single band shows in individual East coast towns.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
Nice NY Times piece on the fiddle player from raucous Cajun Band Lost Bayou Ramblers and his unique home
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 July 2012 13:52 (11 months ago) Permalink
Rhythm and Roots Festival, on Labor Day weekend in Ninigret, RI is getting lots of attention from zydeco fanatics although the bill does not look as good as fests in Louisiana or Texas, naturally
Host Band: The Pine Leaf Boys Featuring Steve Riley, David Bromberg, Geno Delafose, The Gourds, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Johnny Nicholas, Roddie Romero and that's just the start... many more TBA!
Bed & Breakfast Referrals (from Bed and Breakfast Referrals of South Coast Rhode Island)
There are two huge dance floors, and dancers galore of both sexes! Dancing goes til midnight all three days.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 August 2012 15:12 (9 months ago) Permalink
I go to R&R every year (we’ll be there Sunday). It’s my favorite festival ever — very relaxed, cool people, great workshop tents, good food. Just a fantastic all-around atmosphere.
― Jazzbo, Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:47 (9 months ago) Permalink
I have never been, but I am on a Washington DC area zydeco and root-rock email list with a number of people who go up there every year and always seem enthusiastic
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 August 2012 17:54 (9 months ago) Permalink
RIP. I saw this great Cajun fiddler a few times.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 26 October 2012 13:47 (7 months ago) Permalink
zydeco and Southern soul line dance music come together with autotuned vocals:
Here's the zydeco remix of Bigg Robb's "Work That Sexy"
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 04:42 (6 months ago) Permalink
Lost Bayou Ramblers were raucous and rocking in San Francisco tonight, where I saw 'em while on vacation
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 December 2012 09:45 (6 months ago) Permalink
― i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Thursday, 6 December 2012 17:26 (6 months ago) Permalink
Those old-time Creole fiddlers like Amede Ardoin are great
― curmudgeon, Monday, 10 December 2012 05:48 (6 months ago) Permalink
he was an accordionist iirc.
― i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 10 December 2012 16:56 (6 months ago) Permalink
Doh! Of course. I must have been thinking about Canray Fontenot, who performed often with Bois Sec Ardoin
― curmudgeon, Monday, 10 December 2012 20:27 (6 months ago) Permalink
I need to check out that Oxford issue
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:28 (6 months ago) Permalink
I've been listening to the new Oxford CD at work a lot. Some familiar songs ("Bon Ton Roula," "Sugar Bee") but lots new to me: a great Johnny Adams oldie I hadn't heard before, and Margaret Lewis covering Johnny's "Reconsider Me." They always include one or two "arty" cuts (this time it's "Fifteen Saxophones" by Dickie Landry) that disrupt the flow.
Having friends over for jambalaya this weekend, and already planning what NOLA music will accompany!
― Sailor-neighbor of Chaucer's wife (Tubby) (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:45 (5 months ago) Permalink
Step Rideau & the Zydeco OutlawsSTEP IS COMING TO TOWN! IT'S BEEN WAY TOO LONG@Tremont Suites Ballroom, 222 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD"Take Off" Texas Rollin' Empire Inaugural Zydeco GalaDoors Open 8pm - 12 midnight Music all night
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:49 (5 months ago) Permalink
Oh that's Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th plus Dress: Semi Formal Western Wear "Glitz & Jeans"
I like Step's funky zydeco but am not likely gonna be able to head up to Charm City for the gig
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
Panel discussions Saturday April 20th at the EMP Pop Conference in New orleans at Tulane
Dancehalls of South Lousiana12:00pm–1:00pm
A brownbag talk with John Sharp FeaturingJohn Sharp
The Creolization of Cajun and Zydeco1:15pm–2:45pm FeaturingMichael TisserandBen SandmelD'Jalma Garnier
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:47 (2 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 April 2013 15:36 (1 month ago) Permalink
heard lots of interesting stuff re zydeco and Cajun at EMP.
Meanwhile over in Texas there's a great Mothers Day weekend zydeco and Southern soul gig:
94.5's zydeco meets the blues fest:
May 11 (Skyline Ranch @ 1801 E. Wheatland Rd., Dallas, TX, 75241) 1:15pm
Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws, Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers, Lil' Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers Cupid, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, Latimore, Denise LaSalle & The PG Man, and Don Diego & Eddie G
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 April 2013 19:41 (1 month ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 April 2013 19:42 (1 month ago) Permalink
So if I was to get just one cajun/zydeco compilation, which should it be?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 29 April 2013 19:54 (1 month ago) Permalink
let me think about it. I hope you realize that Cajun and Zydeco are 2 different things-- Cajun is more country and slower tempoed and is created by white folks descended from the French (and relies more on the fiddle); while Zydeco has faster tempos and is created by Afro-Creoles who incorporate r'n'b influences (and uses the accordion more than the fiddle).
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 April 2013 21:44 (1 month ago) Permalink
Yes, I realize I'm guilty of conflating two distinct styles. So recommend me one of each, then, fair play.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:17 (1 month ago) Permalink
You can't go wrong with any discs from Rhino's "Alligator Stomp" series. Start with Vol. 1.
― Jazzbo, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:19 (1 month ago) Permalink
As a marketing technique and from folks who don't know the difference Cajun and zydeco are often used interchangeably.
I still need to think of an answer as I just have mostly individual releases from artists and not compilations
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:14 (1 month ago) Permalink
There's a nice reissue of Amade Ardoin that complicates the genre issue. He is a Creole who was making music long before zydeco became established. His sound is a bit like more what we think of as Cajun, but its different.
Arhoolie began releasing Cajun and zydeco long ago, need to see if they have any nice comps.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:19 (1 month ago) Permalink
Did not make it to Jazzfest this year, but this Gambit writer did:
The Fais Do-Do stage hosted a Lafayette double-header with stalwart young Cajun bands Feufollet and Pine Leaf Boys moving big crowds — despite a formidable mud pit. Showing off just how far Cajun music traditions can be pushed, Feufollet struck up an eerie uptempo take on Brian Eno's "Baby's On Fire," before cheekily asking the crowd, "Y'all ready for some Hall and Oates?"
The Pine Leaf Boys kicked the crowd into gear with a couple of mid-set covers, including a raucous "Great Balls of Fire" and a gorgeous, reverential Cajun tribute to George Jones with his "A Picture of Me (Without You)." The band continued its memorial with a tribute to Les Blank, the documentarian who helped revive interest in Cajun culture with a series of films in the 1970s. The band also caved to an audience request of an early track, "Pine Grove Blues."
"Who's beastin' it today?" shouted Lost Bayou Ramblers singer Louis Michot before the band launched into "The Bathtub," its cut from the Beasts of the Southern Wild soundtrack. The band ripped through songs from old and new albums, including the vinyl single "Bastille" that featured Gordon Gano and got a remix by GIVERS. The band finished its set by dedicating its French version of The Who's "My Generation" to a 30-year-veteran Jazz Fest stage member.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:37 (1 month ago) Permalink
Zydeco, Creole and Cajun dancing in NYC
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 May 2013 17:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
175 people at Connolly's in NYC at $20 some buck a person, means zydeco in NYC is not dead yet. Those same touring acts come to DC too. Alas, the Houston area ones I wanna see never come East.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival is next weekend in New Jersey. June 1 & 2
It offers Cajun and zydeco plus New Orleans acts and jambands
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:26 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
Lots of my east coast friends attend Crawfish Fest every year. I've never been, and don't know if that lineup is worth a cross-country trek for me.
I love Feufollet, and the idea of them covering Eno.
― New Authentic Everybootsy Collins (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:09 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
I know what you mean. The dancehall stage at that fest is geared to the hardcore dancers who don't mind dancing to the same group multiple times over several days. I love Rosie Ledet's zydeco, but she plays my way enough that I won't travel to see her.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:14 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
I've never seen Wayne Singleton, or Cajun acts Jesse Lege; and Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:16 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
Funny-ish story: drummer and I were waiting for our guitar player at practice Saturday and listening to Rajun' Cajun online radio from Larose, LA. (We play rockabilly/surf, not cajun/zyedco, we were just diggin' the music.) He shows up all agitated from getting stuck in traffic, and the chanky-chank is visually upsetting him as he searches for the volume control. "Gah, fuckin' circus music!"
― New Authentic Everybootsy Collins (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:23 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
I'm listening now, in fact. This is a great discovery:
― New Authentic Everybootsy Collins (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:25 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
A brownbag talk with John SharpFeaturingJohn Sharp
I forgot to mention that in this history of Louisiana dancehalls presentation at the EMP conference in New Orleans in April, Sharp suggested that there are less rural dancehalls in Louisiana now of course; and more restaurants though that feature food and music. He also had photos of way old-school Cajun joints where guys would have to pay to get a ticket that would be stapled to their collar before they could ask a girl to dance and head onto the dancefloor. When not dancing they had to stay in a standing room narrow little bullpen. There were some photos of old Creole places as well.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink